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No. 17 Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech: 3 keys for the Hokies

12 November 2017

For Virginia Tech, that team is Georgia Tech.

The No. 17 Hokies are 7-2 after losing to No. 7 Miami 28-10 last week.

The Virginia Tech defense got off to a slow start in the third quarter. After finally winning a close one, the Jackets are one win from bowl eligibility. Georgia Tech was able to control it despite completing just one pass - a 60-yard touchdown - through three quarters. 25 Tennessee and then-No.

Jalen Holston of the Virginia Tech is tackled.

While Georgia Tech used some big plays in Saturday's win, it showed more signs that its offense has worked out its kinks. This time, Marshall's pass was right on target and Jeune dashed away for an 80-yard touchdown.

"It was their No. 1 guy and they're going to go at me when they see fresh blood out there", Kerr said.

Sure, the Hokies held the Yellow Jackets under their season average, but that doesn't excuse the fact that they essentially didn't have to worry about the pass and were still gashed on the ground. Nathan Cottrell had a 69-yard run, setting up Georgia Tech's first touchdown, a 3-yard run by Marshall.

The 2014 and 2015 victor of the Ashley Dearing Award scored his first collegiate touchdown on a 60-yard catch and run in the Yellow Jackets' 28-22 win over #17 Virginia Tech Saturday.

"We're trying to stay on the number", Fuente said.

Georgia Tech appeared to be driving for a clinching touchdown late in the third quarter.

Trailing 7-3 in the second quarter, the Virginia Tech made a decision to go for it on fourth-and-2 at the 8, instead of taking a chip-shot field.

The opportunities came in the run game too.

Virginia Tech had one last chance, starting at its 26 with 6:21 left. With 1:09 left, Jackson went deep to Phillips but the pass was broken up.

"We had the best match-up we could possibly have", Fuente said after the game. We had a couple of opportunities to go win the game and we took those. Making first downs and driving the football were hard.

Virginia Tech Hokies wide receiver Cam Phillips (5) sits on the bench following an incomplete pass on the final offensive play for the Hokies, Nov. 11, 2017. The Hokies will try to bounce back next week against Pittsburgh at Lane Stadium.

No. 17 Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech: 3 keys for the Hokies